Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton Stays Clean and Spreads Wealth vs. Eagles

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Dec 4, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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O-line Keeps Clean Pocket

It was a great sign for a Bengals’ offense without two of its better play makers. Bernard and Green combined for over 40 percent of Dalton’s targets when they went down in the loss to Buffalo, but 10 different receivers have caught passes in the two-game stretch since they went down.

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Even a better sign for the Bengals was Dalton staying on his feet. He had been sacked 32 times (tied second most in the NFL) through 11 games. On Sunday, however, the front five of Cincinnati did not allow a sack. The Eagles were tied for 11th in the NFL with 26 sacks coming into the game.

It was the first time Dalton was not sacked  since last year’s win over the Rams. The offensive line allowed just six hurries and two QB hits.

According to Pro Football Focus, Dalton was the top-graded Bengal with an 89.7 mark. Andrew Whitworth (81.9), Kevin Zietler (79.8), and Russell Bodine (74.1) all churned out high grades, too.

Whitworth didn’t allow a pressure for the fourth time this season. And despite a lower leg injury in the third quarter, the two-time Pro-Bowler returned in the win while Eric Winston received reps at right tackle.

The offensive line draws a favorable matchup in week 14. The winless Cleveland Browns have the fewest sacks (17) in the NFL this season. Although three of them came against Cincinnati in their previous meeting.

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